Nonthaburi is the provincial capital of Nonthaburi Province, one of the main provinces of Thailand. It is situated by the Chao Phraya River near other provinces such as Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya and Bangkok. Nonthaburi city has a population of around 270,000 making it the second largest city in the country. It is also considered by most locals as a Bangkok suburb because of its location near the nation’s capital. Most areas in Nonthaburi are urbanized. The modern developments have made it comparable to Bangkok.
Residential Places in Nonthaburi
Nonthaburi province has 6 districts consisting of a total of 52 communes and 309 villages. Amphoe Mueang is the capital district with over 267,000 inhabitants. It has 10 sub-districts or tambons consisting of 77 villages or muban totals. There are nice homes and apartments in Suan Yai, Bang Kraso and Tha Sai as well as the villages of Bang Si Mueang, Sai Ma and Bang Krang.
Housing estates in old towns are expensive. These are usually surrounded by rice fields and natural parks. Some condominiums and townhouses in central Nonthaburi are among the most expensive in the entire province. UK expatriates may prefer townhouses in the northern regions, which are significantly cheaper but still offers a wide array of facilities and utility benefits. Downtown, residential areas are in the middle of all the business commotion. Bus and train stations are nearby and tall buildings surround the metropolitan region.
Other Nonthaburi districts featuring comfortable accommodations include Bang Yai, Bang Kruai, Bang Bua Thong, Sai Noi and Pak Kret. These towns have some of the most friendly and affordable houses within their villages. Some owners offer rooms or homes for rent while some newer houses are built to be opened up for sale. Houses further away from the metropolitan areas tend to be cheaper. Space however, is not compromised by price in most suburban regions.
An expat lamented the daily congestion in the area in a post at the Thailand Expat Forum last January 6, 2009:
Thank you for your fast reply. I see that your home is Nonthaburi is just north of Bangkok. Do you live and work in Bangkok too? I like Bangkok, but the traffic congestion can be a real headache!!!!!!!!
Hospitals and Universities in Nonthaburi
There are many good hospitals in Nonthaburi offering excellent patient care and services. Royal Irrigation Hospital features modern facilities plus very comfortable patient units. Bamrasnaradoon Hospital is well known for its reliable and quality emergency service area.
Kasemrad Rattanathibes Hospital and Parkredvejakarn Hospital are two of the top hospitals in the province with state-of-the-art diagnostics and well-trained medical professionals and staff. Pranangklao Hospital and Mahnam Hospital at Pak Kret are also long-standing health establishments in the area. People from different districts come to these hospitals depending on their location or case.
Sukhothai Thammathirat Open University is an open and state university using a distance teaching system. The university was established in 1978 and is the 11th state university. It is the first in Southeast Asia to use the system. Initially, STOU did not have its own campus but after some time settled in Tambon Bangpood, Amphur Pakkred due to generous contributions. Another well-known university in Nonthaburi is Rajamangala University of Technology Suvarnabhumi. The university features several degrees in engineering as well as computers. The campus is based in Nonthaburi with an ever-growing population of students and staff.
Commercial Places in Nonthaburi
The Mall Ngamwongwan is owned and operated by The Mall Group. It was built during the 1980s then renovated in the 1990s due to damages from fire. The mall has seven floors including a multi-screen cinema on the seventh floor and a waterpark on the sixth floor. The mall is one of the largest in the country. The highlight is the cinema complex having 1,800 in all six theaters. The mall complex is themed: The Movie Ocean.
There are a number of must-visit markets in Nonthaburi like Bang Khu Wiang Floating Market. The market is situated over the waters composed of several vendors selling Thailand’s freshest produce. The floating market is also a great source of fresh seafood and vegetables. Nonthaburi Market is another well-known place, which has several fruits, meats and vegetables at very affordable prices. Home decorations and tools are also sold in the area.
Pantip Plaza Ngamwongwan is another shopping center just near The Mall Nagmwongwan. The plaza has the best selection of electronics and gadgetry plus other stores selling hardware and clothing apparel. As for restaurants, Suan Thip is a must-visit place, which has a very captivating backdrop of the Chao Phraya River.
There is another Suan Thip Thai Cultural House in Pak Ret, which is one of the best restaurants in the country. The restaurant serves authentic Thai dishes. Banana House is a nice place for partygoers. It serves delicious appetizers and drinks.
Service Establishments in Nonthaburi
Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand or EGAT is responsible for providing electricity to several areas and cities in the country including Nonthaburi. Metropolitan Waterworks Authority or MWA provides clean water to Nonthaburi, Bangkok and Samut Prakan.
There are also private companies offering water purification and sanitation services. As for telecommunications, the private sector has contributed much in the provision of various technological services like DSL, Internet, satellite, cable services and data transmission. Some companies are Shin Satellite, The Communications Authority of Thailand and CS Communication. Transportation has also developed significantly in Nonthaburi which is why the boundaries between the city and the nation’s capital Bangkok are almost indefinable.
Embassies in Nonthaburi
UK expatriates in Nonthaburi will have to contact the British Honorary Consulate in Chiang Mai and the British Embassy in Bangkok. Consular services are available on weekdays from 9:00 am to 11:30 am. The British Embassy is open during weekdays from 8:00 am to 3:30 pm. These establishments aim to improve relationships between the United Kingdom and Thailand. Willing investors and visitors can also avail of the services for more information and referrals. Close cooperation between the Honorary Consulate and Embassy are always done to assist Britons.
Contact information on the British Embassy is as follows:
Address: 14 Wireless Road, Lumpini, Pathumwan, Bangkok 10330
Telephone: +66 (0) 2 305 8333; Fax: +66 (0) 2 255 6051
Contact information on the British Honorary Consul is as follows:
Address: 198 Bumrungraj Road, Muang, Chiang Mai 50000
Telephone: +66 (0) 52 263015
Fax: +66 (0) 53 263016